June 12, 2013 Subject:
Another superb movie from a past generation.
Where did the movies of today emerge from the primordial slime? Movies today have no emotional depth. They are judged by how many explosions, car wrecks, and deaths can occur in their time frame. The old movies like this one, has a moral story to be passed down to younger humans. If you removed all the glorification of death from today's movies, you would see a change in the youth of today. I firmly believe that kids have no moral heroes today. Where are the Cisco Kids, the Roy Rogers, and Johnny Mack Browns? We show rappers, and drug lords as heroes, and wonder why our children are killing each other and glorifying pimps, muggers, and thieves. That was not the case a generation ago, when John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and their ilk, were the heroes of the giant screen. Their movies had plots, emotion, and love glorified; not explosions and body counts for kids to learn from.
November 23, 2011 Subject:
5/5 Full Stars
Brilliant!A must see for anyone & everyone.I especially joined Internet Archive to post this.If anyone knows of a list, or can post a list of public domain movies that are of this superior quality: please post or give a link!
June 25, 2011 Subject:
Angel on my shoulder
Brilliant movie, superb actors. (Especially Claude Rains).. A great message: "Live fully while you may and reckon not the cost." This is one of my most favorite movies of all time.. Someone mentioned that Paul Muni looks a lot like Benicio Deltorre and I can see the resemblance, however, I kept thinking throughout the movie how much Paul looks like Johnny Carson when he smiles.
May 3, 2011 Subject:
Angel on my shoulder
This film is one of Paul Muni's best aside from Scarface. His facial mannerisms/looks are so like Benicio DelTorre its amazing .. and yes, a little like Mickey Rourke too. The emotion that Muni showed in his films was so realistic for back then. The casting of this film was great with Muni, Baxter and the wonderful Claude Rains. A great story that transfers through time .. just a shame we cant go back in time, I'd bag that Muni like a shot!
Reviewer:Ed Jr -
February 15, 2010 Subject:
Good all the way. Just the thing for taday's crowd.
June 29, 2009 Subject:
This film is great , watch it , and liked it , just do yourself a favour and download this movie, i downloaded 512Kb MPEG4 version , cheers.
February 26, 2009 Subject:
This is a great one.
There is not much to say about this movie. Just watch it. The intro is a bit too long for nowadays taste. But if you want to see an actor who can convincingly play a gangster coping with the devil then this is your movie. For some reason I thought of Mickey Rourke when I watched Paul Muni acting.
February 17, 2009 Subject:
Life After Death At Its Best
What a perfect movie! I have never seen these actors before, but they were all amazing, especially the guy who played Eddy. Believers and non-believers alike will love this one. From beginning to end, it's sheer entertainment. There are some clever, humorous lines between Eddy and Satan (or as Eddy called him 'Belzy Bub'). The ending is fantastic as well. You guys shouldn't miss this one!
Definitely worth watching. Exciting and funny. Admittedly this idea has been seen before, but that can be said about most other films, too.
January 17, 2006 Subject:
ding ding, in this corner.....
Just a general comment, you have the trailer, blonde pickup but not the film. Have you consider adding it to your rostum of films?
December 16, 2005 Subject:
Top of the list.
This film is at the top of my list of movies to watch again. That is my highest compliment - to want to watch a movie more than once.
September 19, 2005 Subject:
angel on shoulder
We are not movies experts but thought that this grand old movie was excellent, most enjoyable and entertaining. There have been several modern rehashes of this same theme, as you have said, but we don't think any have been better. Paul and Muni and Anne Baxter both were great in this film. We really enjoyed it, think you will too. rgds
Reviewer:Spats Baxter -
August 8, 2005 Subject:
There now, that wasn't so goood, was it?
An interesting idea poorly executed, this film is not much of anything. It's not funny, it's not romantic, it's not action packed, it's not even coherent. Most of all, it's not entertaining. Muni was never worse, Baxter was never given a more tedious role and Rains was never so wasted. A major disappointment.
This is no classic despite three good actors. It starts promisingly and looks as if it's set to become a tale of Muni's redemption and fight against corruption, but it becomes more interested in the mushy relationship with Anne Baxter (here wasted). One gets the feeling the preview didn't go well and the writers were asked to add more romance. The Hay's code prevents Muni's character from even getting decent revenge. Muni's conversion to good guy is unconvincing - and undesirable! That said, Claude Rains has a few good bits as does Muni.
Try "A Matter of Life and Death" or "Heaven Can Wait" (Lubitsch) for far superior treatments of the afterlife.
January 5, 2005 Subject:
Get the Popcorn Sweetie
Paul Muni was one of the great character actors of Hollywood during the '40s. He shows that versatility in wrestling with the devil (Claude Rains)to overcome evil:one of Hollywood's themes of social propoganda at the time. The movie is well done, cute, and worthy of a look.